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. >> it is. >> rose: it's about population control. it's about technology. it's about epidevelopmentics. >> i try to mixole and new. i write about the vatican and antimatter in the same book. here i'm writing about a 14th century epic poem and i like writing in the gray area of ethical right and wrong where-- where you can argue both sides of the equation. langdon loves to argue both sieftdz equation and let the readers decide which way is correct. >> rose: tell us what transhumanism is. >> yeah, it is a very quickly growing philosophy. that deals with the scaebs and ethics of using advanced technology, like genetic engineering, to improve our species psychologically. some people consider it sort of the bravest human idea and some people consider it the most dangerous human idea. and i don't really answer the question in the book. >> rose: do you find yourself identifying with transhumanists? >> it's funny, we've been engineering owrlzs for quite some time. and whether it's vaccines or in vitro fertilization we can now select a gender. we can select against certain diseases. this is not darwi
, the american society for reproductive medicine stopped categorizing the technology as experimental. but doctors remain concerned. they're worried that women will have kids too late in life, risking complications. other critics argue that egg freezing will lead to gene selection. mothers will choose not only when to have a baby but what kind of baby to have. is this is cop out, for last face it, well to do career women? you're not going to have a woman poor spending 50 grand to freeze her eggs? >> no. well as someone in their upper 30's now and looking at -- you know i'm not married yes, he did and i would like to have a family, this is something i might say hmm, if i would have known about this in my 20s and could afford it, may not be a bad idea. i do see the ethical part of it and i also see if, do you want to change god's planned in this life, it seems like that's the natural slip le slope as it becomes more cost-effective but overall i can understand that because as a kingal woman and getting up there in agend you think about that biological clock and i read some of the stories where the wo
technologies. lighting the way to a brighter future. ♪ - hi, this is bob scully, and welcome to another edition of the world show, the authors series. here i am on the harvard campus, and we're about to meet one of harvard's most brilliant young historians, john stauffer, an extremely prolific young historian who has just written an important book that takes us back a few years to a momentous and tragic event which convulsed and shocked america, and it split america. there were appeasers, and people out for blood, out for revenge. there were people who could
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